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Employee ‘class actions’ on the rise: what does this mean for employers?

The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The most common employee ‘class actions’ relate to equal pay and worker status. Caroline Stroud from Freshfields looks at the types of class action claims on the increase and how employers should respond.

Equal pay claims
This type of claim has traditionally been seen as a public sector issue. Public sector pay structures are generally more transparent than those in the private sector, allowing employees more access to pay data and therefore more opportunity to launch an equal pay claim. This, combined with a strong public sector union presence to fund the action, has meant that the public sector has been fertile ground for these types of claims.

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February 12, 2019

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